Kickstarter has helped breath life into several wireless earbud projects over the past year — the Earin, the Dash, and the controversial Dot projects all easily surpassed their funding goals on the popular crowd-funding platform. But despite a voracious public lining up to throw money at them, none of them have reached consumers. Earin and Dash supporters still don’t have anything to show for their funding and the Dot … well, that’s a complicated story.
Now yet another wireless earbud project — Pearbuds — is launching on Kickstarter, and we’re forced to wonder: Is this it, or are we looking at yet another overly ambitious team? We invited Eric Tsoi, CEO of Pear Designs, up to our Portland office to make his case — and he brought a pair of prototype Pearbuds with him. We’re happy to report that from what we’ve seen, Eric and his team seem to have cracked the code that’s stymieing competitors.
As Tsoi explained, it’s a matter of balance. The Earin’s creators are so focused on keeping the earbuds down to a certain size, they’ve made it difficult to fit all the necessary components inside. The Dash’s creators are simply trying to cram in too many features.Read more